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With After The Disco, the sprawling and ambitious sophomore effort they’ll release next week, Shins frontman James Mercer and superproducer Danger Mouse cement their band Broken Bells as more than just a way to pass the time between other projects — and their other projects are legion. Mercer is coming off a year of promoting… More »

This year in music was great and we’rea gonna let it finish (sorry), but in terms of notable album releases the ship has sailed. No offense, 30 Seconds To Mars. While the Gummys’ virtual poll booth remains open for a few more days (did we mention filling out the ballot enters you to win the… More »

NAME: The Shins
PROGRESS REPORT: Writing songs for the follow-up to 2007’s Wincing The Night Away. Working on a collaborative side-project.

“You go a year without playing and you think, maybe I can’t do it anymore. Maybe I forgot how to do it. I don’t know,” says Shins frontman James Mercer. Worrying about “keeping… More »

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Flake Music, James Mercer's early-'90s project that served as a kind of precursor to the Shins, released their only album, When You Land Here, It's
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Tom Breihan | August 27, 2014 - 9:33 am

30 Rock Stars Discuss Their Favorite Smiths Songs

By my count, the Smiths only recorded 74 songs during their brief, brilliant career, so the concept of choosing their 30 greatest seems kind of…
Michael Nelson | July 14, 2014 - 11:41 am
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Watch Broken Bells Live On Letterman Webcast

James Mercer may have reactivated the Shins long enough to record "So Now What," their song for the soundtrack to Zach Braff's Wish I Was
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Watch Broken Bells Take “Control” To Conan

Broken Bells are in California and between Coachella weekends, and amazingly enough, Danger Mouse is not using the moment to produce another kinda-flat album for…
Tom Breihan | April 18, 2014 - 8:49 am
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Watch Broken Bells Play Fallon

James Mercer and Danger Mouse stopped by Fallon last night to perform a shimmering, low-key version of "Holding On For Life," the lead single their…
James Rettig | March 8, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Watch Broken Bells Cover The Beatles On Letterman

Danger Mouse, one half of Broken Bells, first found fame for mashing up Jay-Z with the Beatles on the bootleg release The Grey Album, and…
Tom Breihan | February 4, 2014 - 9:24 am
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Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life (Baio Remix)”

Keep up, if you can, with all the side-project stuff happening in this post. Broken Bells, if they can still be called a side project,…
Tom Breihan | February 3, 2014 - 9:21 am

Watch Broken Bells Play Kimmel

Broken Bells will release their second album, After The Disco, next week, on the heels of two singles, the title track and "Holding On For
Miles Bowe | January 30, 2014 - 11:30 am
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Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life (Nick Zinner Remix)”

Broken Bells, the duo of Shins frontman James Mercer and producer-to-the-stars Danger Mouse, will drop their sophomore LP After The Disco next month, and the…
Tom Breihan | January 22, 2014 - 10:44 am
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Watch Broken Bells Perform “The Changing Lights” For La Blogothèque

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Tom Breihan | January 16, 2014 - 1:24 pm
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Broken Bells – “After The Disco”

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Tom Breihan | January 7, 2014 - 2:39 pm
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Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life” Video (Feat. Kate Mara & Anton Yelchin)

Broken Bells, the duo of Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer, return early next year with their sophomore album After The Disco, and they've…
Tom Breihan | November 21, 2013 - 1:57 pm
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Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life”

Broken Bells, the side-project of Danger Mouse and the Shins' James Mercer, recently revealed they will release their sophomore album After The Disco in January…
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Broken Bells – After The Disco Short Film Part One: Angel And The Fool

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Watch Aimee Mann & James Mercer on Kimmel

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James Mercer Does Marc Maron’s WTF

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